Review: Sugar Island Spiced Rum and Coconut Rum

Review: Sugar Island Spiced Rum and Coconut Rum

Sugar island spiced Rum label 009Made from Caribbean cane sugar and bottled in California, Sugar Island is a new kid on the flavored and spiced rum block. (The company is not making an unflavored or aged variety.) Here’s how these new offerings measure up against the competition.

Sugar Island Spiced Rum – Very strong and pungent on the nose. The character is indistinct, with somewhat harsh, rubbery notes. On the palate, heavy burnt sugar notes overwhelm with unclear, clove-and-cinnamon character backing it up. A lengthy finish brings out not more sweetness but more of that rubbery, industrial character. Caramel added. 92 proof. C-

Sugar Island Coconut Rum – Tons of sweetness on the nose. Coconut is a secondary characteristic, overpowered by simple syrup. The body is heavy, full of gravity, with a powerfully sweet finish that offers a touch of mango character to it. Not at all difficult, but it’s a sugar bomb with few parallels in this category. 42 proof. B-

each $19

Sugar Island Spiced Rum




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  1. self on April 25, 2015 at 5:40 am

    Whoever gave this review is a moron without taste buds! This is the best tasting Rum I have ever had. it is like desert with a buzz. Children like candy because it tastes good…they don’t need to over analyze it beyond that. Idiot Reviewer!

  2. Wesker on April 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    @Self – so you’re saying you’re like a child, and you want a yummy candy alcoholic drink?

    • self on April 25, 2015 at 4:56 pm

      I’m said what I said and have no need to explain it to you or anyone else. And this will be all I will say to you from this point. If you think I mean something…then let that be what I mean “to you”

  3. Bob on December 31, 2015 at 4:21 pm

    I’m not a rum expert, but I really like this rum. Specifically the spiced rum.

  4. Shawn on January 17, 2016 at 11:11 pm

    A friend who owns a liquor store dropped a bottle off at my work as a gift. I don’t drink often but was going to an event with friends and figured I’d bring the bottle to share. After my first swig, I stopped, and put the bottle away out of greed since it was “SO FRIGGIN GOOD”! I need to get a few more of these for next time. Amazing job guys, it’s a fantastic Spiced Rum.

  5. Shensi on October 27, 2017 at 6:41 pm

    I like to have a little chaser with my drink so I was wondering what goes well with this?. First time trying this particular rum, was recommended by the store owner.

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